The International Training Workshop on Ultrasound Therapy for Tumours opened at the Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, South Africa on September 14, 2019.

The International Training Workshop was hosted by the Department of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and China Science and Technology Exchange Center and co-organised by Chongqing Science and Technology Commission and Chongqing Medical University.

David Cranston, President of International Society of Minimally Invasive and Virtual Surgery (ISMIVS), Prof. Mohamed Hamed and Prof. Cherng-Jye Cheng, Vice President of ISMIVS, Prof. Namory Keita, President of Society of African of Gynecologists and Obstetricians (SAGO), Prof. Steven Mankupane, acting director of Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital (CHBAH), a Representative of the organising committee of the International Training Workshop from Chongqing Medical University, South African Media & Trainees attended the opening ceremony.

Dr. Raymond, head of the HIFU Center of CHBAH hosted the ceremony and invited Prof. David Cranston, Prof. Namory Keita and Prof. Steven Mankupane to address the ceremony. They extended their warm welcome to all trainees and agreed that minimally invasive and noninvasive medicine exemplified by ultrasound therapy has got global attention, and believed that this International Training Workshop led by China would certainly further academic exchanges and cooperation in focused ultrasound surgery and accelerate the dissemination and application of ultrasound therapy in Africa.

This International Training Workshop admitted 22 clinicians from 13 countries including South Africa, the Philippines, Tunisia, Mali, Gabon, Morocco, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal, Guinea, Algeria, Burkina Faso, Benin, and Ethiopia attend the workshop where they will have a 15-day training program on focused ultrasound surgery.

It is likely to accelerate the dissemination of high technology in Belt & Road Countries and boost the global commercialisation of ultrasound medical devices with Chinese intellectual property rights.

Since 2012, the Ministry of Science and Technology of China has been sponsoring CQMU in organising training workshops on focused ultrasound therapy for tumours. From 2012 to 2016, the Training Workshop on Focused Ultrasound Therapy for Tumours for Developing Countries was successively organised in Chongqing, China in five sessions.

In 2018, the International Training Workshop on Focused Ultrasound Therapy for Tumours went abroad for the first time and was implemented in Cairo, Egypt. To date, those workshops have trained 127 clinicians and other medical professionals from 30 developing countries including Egypt, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, India, Ghana, etc.

In September, 2015, with the joint support of Ministry of Science and Technology, China and Gauteng Province, South Africa, a focused Ultrasound Tumour Therapeutic System from Chongqing, China, was imported to and a HIFU treatment centre was set up in CHBAH. Since then, the CHBAH has dispatched 14 medical professionals to Chongqing to learn HIFU technology, meanwhile Chongqing Medical University has sent 7 doctors and technicians to South Africa to offer on-site support.

The HIFU Center in CHBAH would receive 20 medical students every two months from Medical School of University of the Witwatersrand to study HIFU technology. In 2019, the HIFU centre won Khanyisa service of excellence awards. At present, there are two China-innovated Focused Ultrasound Tumour Therapeutic Systems in Africa, which have treated more than 800 patients with benign or malignant tumours.

Following the theme of “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation” proposed in the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in 2018, the International Training Workshop on Focused Ultrasound Therapy for Tumours for Developing Countries, funded by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China and implemented in South Africa, has boosted the dissemination of the noninvasive therapeutic technology in Africa and help improve general medical service in Africa, strengthen the China-Africa friendship.

The International Training Workshop attracts the doctors from South Africa and its neighbouring countries gathering in CHBAH which is the third largest hospital in the world and the teaching hospital of Medical School of University of Witwatersrand with 3200 hospital beds.